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Makeup for Oval Face Shapes

Enhancing your face shape can take your makeup look from ho-hum to hello, gorgeous.

Oval faces enjoy a proportionate shape that enhances just about any makeup trend you’d like to try.

“Many models have oval-shaped faces, and talent agencies often seek it out. The symmetry photographs exceptionally well due to the balance of bone structure at every angle,” says makeup artist and hairstylist Eva Scrivo, author of “Eva Scrivo On Beauty.”

Take advantage of the freedom by playing with either a strong lip or eye, making sure to harmonize your stand-out choice by keeping the other feature neutral.

“If you are in the mood for a heavy eye, keep the lip peachy and toned down. If a bold lip is what you are after, keep the eyes fresh and bare,” advises celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern.

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Makeup for Oval Face Shapes

Eyes:
Eyes can be especially fun to experiment with, so you shouldn’t be afraid to work that kohl in your dramatic favor. “Smoky, sultry eyes are a wonderful way to play with makeup, and when your face is so perfectly proportioned, why not go for it?” says New York makeup artist Nicole Bryl.

After patting concealer or shadow base onto the lid and brow bone, blend a charcoal shade onto the lid, and gently up into the crease, emphasizing the outer “V” of the eyes. Finish with a line of smudged black eyeliner and generous coats of volumizing mascara. A touch of sheer highlighter on the brow bone adds sheen.

To kick it up another notch, use a black pencil or flat smudge brush to line the lower lash line for more definition. A concealer-colored or peachy pencil applied to the bottom inner rim of the eye will not only eliminate redness (and make it look like you’ve enjoyed a weekend’s full of rest), but will also make your smoky eye pop by contrast.

If you’re timid about using dark shadows, you can still pull off a stand-out eye with just the use of eyeliner. “Try a colored eyeliner like a pretty plum or deep navy, and draw it out on your top lid à la Cleopatra, or in the seductive shape of a cat’s eye. It’ll add an intriguing angle to your oval-shaped face,” advises Stern.

Cheeks:
To warm up your complexion with blush, you can decide to either follow the length of your cheekbones with your fluffy brush, or go with a sweetly round emphasis on the apple of your cheeks; both approaches suit oval shapes equally well. Bronzer can be applied underneath the cheekbone and around the perimeter of the face, for an all-over sun-kissed glow that makes skin appear even more healthy and vibrant.

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